It remains unclear how the final legislation will turn out.
One of those amendments would make the bill a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which the Senate passed in 2015 only to have it vetoed by then-President Obama. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, voted in favor of motion to proceed.
The Senate voted 51-50 - with Vice President Mike Pence called on as a tie-breaker vote - to open debate on repeal, with three possible plans to be discussed in the coming days. Senate Democrats were unified in their opposition to the motion.
Her "no" vote was somewhat overshadowed by the return of Sen.
Pence served as Governor of IN for four years, during which he expanded Medicaid for Hoosiers under the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), speaks with reporters following the successful vote to open debate on a health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017.
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McCain, a 30-year senator and the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said the Senate has been "spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle".
"I don't think that's going to work in the end", McCain predicted on the Senate floor Tuesday. After casting his yes vote to proceed, McCain made a speech on the Senate floor, criticizing the Republican Party's lack of transparency.
Swing votes Capito, Heller, and Portman all voted to move forward with debate. "We need everybody out there calling their senators", said Sen.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has opposed various earlier versions of the legislation, sounded unsure about what bill was being considered Tuesday, or whether she would vote to begin debate on it. And, he says he will not vote for the bill that's before them today.
President Donald Trump said at a press conference that he's "extremely happy" the procedural motion passed, adding that "they say, if you look historically, this is the tough vote to get".